For 2020, the Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) has announced that it will change its annual in-person holiday experience to “CDM Curbside,” presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines.
This year’s event will feature an online marketplace open Nov. 9 to 22, hosting several vendor stores featuring unique holiday wares and edibles. After purchasing, customers can choose various drive-thru pickup times from Dec. 3 to 6, the weekend the traditional in-person market would have taken place.
Offering: advent calendars, imported chocolate, baumkuchen, Mozart kugeln, Asbach filled chocolates, assorted marzipan, Haribo, Pandoro, Pannetone, butter cookies, stollen, beer steins, beer mugs, beer glassware, shot glasses and Christkindlmarket Des Moines merchandise. Price Range: $1 – $200
Offering: Steinbach nutcrackers and INGE glass ornaments.
Price Range: $5 – $400
Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business dedicated to making and selling traditional tinware and ornaments, hand-made exclusively by tinsmith Karl-Josef Schmidt, using primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith’s tools and techniques.
Offering: Products made from tinplate: tin Christmas ornaments, tin tree tinsel, tin tree toppers, tin cookie cutters, tin biscuit cutters, tin candle holders, pierced tin candle covers, tin cups, and earrings using tinplate.
Price Range: $5 – $150
DamonLayne Woodworking designs unique products that are fun and functional and will make a great gift for the holiday season, a wedding, or a house warming gift.
Offering: Woodworking: Cutting board, Charcuterie boards, Cheese slicer, Cribbage boards, Springerle cookie molds.
Price Range: $35-$250
Artisan Hand-printed letterpress products made in Des Moines, Iowa.
Offering: Letterpress cards, holiday cards, art prints, stationery, coasters, totes and t-shirts
Price Range: $5-50
DSM Foundry offers traditional German, art deco, and other styles of holiday decor made with modern technology.
Offering: Ornaments, schwibbogen, lichterbogen, lanterns
Price Range: $1 – $100
From the Three In One Artwork’s pottery studio, customers will find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted ornaments, mugs and trinket boxes. Featured themes include Iowa farm nostalgia and agriculture.
Offering: Ceramic one of a kind ornaments, mugs and trinket boxes.
Price Range: $12 – $30
One-of-a-kind jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping, all locally handmade!
Offering: Wire wrapped and fused glass jewelry – rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, headpieces
Price Range: $15-$250+
Indianola Glass Creations offers a wide variety of one-of-a-kind stained and fused glass art pieces. Every item is handmade right in our store in Indianola, Iowa.
Offering: Fused & Stained glass ornaments, fused glass home decor (spoon rests, card holders, nightlights, sun catchers, napkin holders, wall art, bowls and platters), Fused and stained jewelry & accessories (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hair barrettes), Fused glass Popsockets, Stained glass art pieces, and recycled glass home decor (wine bottle clocks, lamps and wind chimes).
Price Range: $10 – $150
Specializing in fresh made wreaths and greens bundles, seasonal decor, Iowa made leather door bells and bell straps, Glass Bird and Fair Trade Gourd ornaments.
Offering: Fresh made Wreaths, Fresh Bundles of Greens, Glass Ornaments, Fair-Trade Peruvian gourd ornaments and boxes, Iowa made leather door bells and Bell Straps
Price Range: $10-75
Hand forged knives and kitchen utensils created in Des Moines with local and natural materials.
Offering: hand forged knives and kitchen utensils
Price Range: $50 – $500
The German American Heritage Center & Museum is proud to sell 100% German-made products for Christmas. We have everything from schwibbogen to smokers and more!
Offering: Schwibbogen, Pyramids and Smokers
Price Range: $40 – $185
The 1848 Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa will offer a bit of Scandinavia close to home, let us help you keep your Christmas traditions alive. “Keepsakes for a Lifetime”
Offering: Gnomes, straw, Scandinavian Christmas decorations
Price Range: $2 – $75
Worldly Goods inspires social justice, sustainable livelihoods, and environmental resiliency by providing a marketplace for artisans of the world to earn a living wage, support their families, and develop their communities.
Offering: Felt ball garland, felt ornaments, various global nativities, quilled greeting cards (including holiday cards), various matryoshka, kids activity cards, ceramic luminaries (some nativities)
Price Range: $1 – $50
Our specialty is small, precisely designed and exquisitely made pieces. We pride ourselves on offering handmade, one of a kind gifts. From chopsticks to earrings, letter openers to magnifying glasses our line has many options for the thoughtful gift-giver.
Offering: Earrings and pendants, bracelets, cuff links, kitchenware, trays, ornaments
Price Range: $25 – $45